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International Development
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International Development

The Scottish Government's International Development Policy articulates the vision of Scotland's place in the world as a good global citizen, committed to play its role in addressing the challenges faced by our world. With a focus on working in partnership and achieving real and tangible outcomes on the ground, the Policy seeks to build upon both the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between Scotland and the developing world.

The Scottish Government's £9 million International Development Fund is focussed on seven countries around the world. We have a partnership agreement with the Government of Malawi and around half of our funding goes to projects in that country. We also supports projects in three other countries in Sub Saharan Africa and in 3 countries in South Asia. The Small Grants Funding Round has been set up to provide funding to smaller NGOs for projects in our 7 priority countries.

In addition, we are currently funding work in Uganda and South Africa through our partnership with Sport Relief and over the last few years we have provided emergency humanitarian funding in response to the crises in Syria and the Philippines.

The Scottish Government is also funding projects in Sub Saharan Africa through the Climate Justice Fund.

Latest news:

9 October - The Minister for Environment & Climate Change has announced a total of 6 new projects to be funded in Sub Saharan Africa through the Climate Justice Fund.

3 October - The Malawi funding round has now closed for applications.  An announcement of the successful projects will be made in due course.

30 July - A total of £500,000 humanitarian funding for people in Gaza from the Scottish Government has been announced by the Minister for External Affairs & International Relations.

24 June - The second round of the Small Grants Funding Round has been launched.  The fund is open to Scottish based not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £150,000.

21 March - The Minister for External Affairs & International Development has announced the successful recipients of the Small Grants Funding Round.